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Burnley vs Manchester City betting tips: Premier League preview, predictions, team news and odds

Burnley vs Manchester City odds and betting statistics



Burnley vs Manchester City match preview

The Premier League is back and champions Manchester City kick off their bid to make history a mere 25 miles north of the Etihad.

Last season, courtesy of 13 successive wins from mid-February to mid-May, the Sky Blues won a third successive Premier League title, overtaking Arsenal at the last.

So, Pep Guardiola’s side have become just the fifth team in English top-flight history to land three successive titles, after Huddersfield Town, Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United.

No one has ever won four on the spin, but Man City, given that they won the treble last season, are odds-on favourites to achieve this come May.

Last Sunday, the champions played, what could be, the first of 67 matches this season, facing the aforementioned Gunners in the FA Community Shield at Wembley.

When Cole Palmer fired the Citizens in front with just 13 minutes to go, they looked set for victory, only for Arsenal to equalise in the 11th minute of injury time, a shot deflecting in off Manuel Akanji’s backside.

Now though, the serious business begins, so will Man City leave Lancashire with all three points?

As for Burnley, they’re back in the big-time, winning last season’s Championship title with 101 points, becoming just the eighth team in second-tier history to break the 100 point barrier.

This was an extraordinary achievement for Vincent Kompany, who revolutionised the Clarets style and play and, without an astronomical budget, proved to be simply too strong for the rest in the Championship.

Now, the challenge for Kompany is to keep Burnley in the top division and, if you haven’t seen them since relegation 18 months ago, prepare to be surprise by the Clarets’ style of play.

Will the Premier League champions of the Championship champions enjoy a victory on opening night at Turf Moor?

Given that Man City have won each of their last 11 meetings with Burnley, scoring 40 goals in these matches, an away win seems very likely.

Burnley team news

Goalkeeper James Trafford will be amongst those making their Burnley debuts here, doing so against the side he’s just left.

Striker Zeki Amdouni, who’s come in from Basel, centre-backs Jordan Beyer and Dara O’Shea and midfielder Sander Berge, who arrived on Wednesday, will all also be hoping for their debuts.

Predicted XI (4-3-3): Trafford; Vitinho, O’Shea, Beyer, Taylor; Cullen, Brownhill, Twine; Benson, Zaroury, Amdouni.

Manchester City team news

Following the injury he sustained in the Champions League Final, Kevin De Bruyne hadn’t played a single minute in pre-season, before coming on for 25 minutes last Sunday, so could he start here?

New signing Mateo Kovačić was in the XI for the Community Shield, while compatriot Joško Gvardiol could make his Man City debut, having arrived from RB Leipzig.

Elsewhere, Ederson will be back in goal, while Erling Braut Håland bagged a hat-trick against Burnley in the FA Cup back in March, looking to open his account for the new season at Turf Moor.

Predicted XI (4-1-4-1): Ederson; Walker, Stones, Rúben Dias, Akanji; Rodri, Kovačić, De Bruyne, Silva, Grealish; Håland.

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Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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